Learn the story of many native people found within the boundaries of Androscoggin County, the places they frequented, and the artifacts they left behind. Discover several Wabanaki veterans who fought as Americans in the War of Independence and the War Between the States
A Collection of Articles on Maine Indians by the Maine Indian Program of the American Friends Service Committee
Call Number: 970.1 COL
Collection of articles about the Wabanaki from various sources.
The Wabanakis of Maine and the Maritimes by the American Friends Service Committee
Call Number: 970.1 WAB
A resource book about Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Maliseet, Micmac and Abenaki Native Americans. Includes historical information, readings, and fact sheets.
Twelve Thousand Years by Bruce J. Bourque; Steven L. Cox
Call Number: 974.1 BOU
Documents the generations of Native peoples who for twelve millennia have moved through and eventually settled along the rocky coast, rivers, lakes, valleys, and mountains of a region now known as Maine.
The truth and reconciliation commission is focused on what has happened to Wabanaki children and families between now and 1978, when the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) was passed. It is specifically centered on the State of Maine’s child welfare practices.
From the late 1800s through the mid-1900s, indigenous children across the country were placed in boarding schools meant to assimilate them into white culture, a practice that proliferated throughout the country. Abuse was common practice in these institutions
Martindale, Dayton. “The Stolen Children of Maine: Native Wabanaki Seek Truth, Reconciliation Amidst a Cultural Genocide.” Rural America, In These Times, 18 July 2015, inthesetimes.com/rural-america/entry/18201/stolen-children-maine-native-wabanaki-truth-reconciliation-genocide.
Maine tribal representatives said they are encouraged by a United Nations investigator's apparent interest in Maine tribes' concerns about inequities that have "risen to the level of human rights violations," according to the head of the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission.
"Maine Tribal-State Commission airs human rights concerns to United Nations." Bangor Daily News [Bangor, ME], 14 Aug. 2013. General OneFile, https://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A339556163/ITOF?u=maine&sid=ITOF&xid=9641560e.
The Episcopal Diocese of Maine Committee on Indian Relations has filed a hard-hitting critique with the United Nations Human Rights Council on Maine's human rights record against the Wabanaki nations and the federal government's failure to rein in state violations of domestic and international laws and standards meant to protect indigenous peoples.